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Performing Rights Organizations (PRO)

I meet a lot of artists/producers these days, and everyone is putting out music. People are always saying that they’re the next – fill in the blank ______.  But when I ask, “Are you handling your business with regard to your publishing?” all I get is silence and blank stares. For those that know us, and our contribution to the culture is this – We’re dedicated to helping artists obtain their dreams.  We drop a ton of information on artists/producers, and most times we do it on the strength. 

It’s our way of giving back and protecting the business/culture that changed our lives.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to drop more info online than we have in a while.  The reason being is that we are seeing too many artist being led down a wrong path. Time and time again artists are being conned out of their money to invest their money in so call “professionals” or “gurus”.

The truth of the matter is that most folks haven’t accomplished enough in the industry to add value to your journey.  So buyer beware.

Back to the music publishing – If you are an artist releasing your music online, its extremely important that you have a  basic understanding of this part of the business. With so many artists streaming, income is being generated at a rate we’ve never seen. You want to make sure you’re in a position to collect what you’re due.

Step number 1 – Make sure you are affiliated with a Performing Right Organization or PRO.

A PRO is a company/organization that is responsible for collecting money/revenue for songwriters and music publishers for songs that are performed publicly.  Music that is performed publicly, (i.e., radio, restaurants, concerts, streaming, etc) generate a royalty. Once you become affiliated with a PRO, and register your works (songs), it is their job to collect the earned revenue on your behalf.

The main PRO’s in the United States are  ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC. PRO’s essentially offer the same services with different fees for registration, and payout schedules.

Registering with a PRO is necessary to ensure that you can get the earnings that are generated for your songs, so make it your business to get registered today.

Jugrnaut is part of production duo Arkatech Beatz (formerly known as The Infinite Arkatechz). Arkatech Beatz are a platinum hip-hop production team from New York now based in Atlanta. They were affiliated with Loud Records/Sony Music Entertainment as A&R’s and have produced for artists such as Big Pun, Nas, Raekwon, Jadakiss, The Game, Waka Flocka Flame, Lil Scrappy, Killer Mike, Shawty Lo, Mýa, Alley Boy, Trouble,  Max B and others. Arkatech Beatz consists of members Jugrnaut & Mike “Trauma” D.

Platinum Producers Arkatech Beatz Presents Drill Muzik Instrumentals Volume 1

Platinum Producers Arkatech Beatz (Nas, Big Pun, Jadakiss, Raekwon, Waka Flocka Flame, Killer Mike, Freddie Gibbs, Curren$y, Alley Boy, Lil Scrappy, etc) release their latest Instrumental Album “Arkatech Beatz Presents Drill Muzik Instrumentals Volume 1”.

The mixtape is packed with 12 banging tracks produced by Arkatech Beatz, just waiting for your vocals.

Get The Album Now:
www.arkatechbeatz.com

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What Does The Blurred Lines Verdict Mean For Artist And Producers?

blurred-lines-verdict-imageWhat Does The Blurred Lines Verdict Mean For Artist And Producers?

As of now, most of us throughout the music industry have heard about the decision handed down by a Los Angeles jury ordering artist/songwriters Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to pay a hefty 7.3 million dollars to the Marvin Gaye family for copyright infringement. While the verdict will most like be appealed, the question lies for many artist and producers: Can we be sued for infringement for creating records/songs inspired by our favorite artist/producers/songwriters? Read More

Arkatech Beatz – Rough Patch

Get the latest beat “Rough Patch”  from Platinum Producers ARKATECH BEATZ.

Production Credits Include: Nas, Raekwon, Game, Prodigy, Curren$y, Mya, Max B, Meek Mill, Jadakiss, Alley Boy, Shawty Lo, Waka Flocka, Freddie Gibbs, Killer Mike, Cyhi Tha Prynce, Eldorado Red, Pesh Mayweather, Mikey Dollaz, I.L Will, Lil Chris, Sasha Go Hard and more!

MTV MADE #DreamBigger | Music Produced By Arkatech Beatz

MTV Made episode 2. Felicia and Kim want to be MADE into rap artists but can their relationship survive the sacrifice that comes with trying to make it in the music industry?

Featuring Atlanta’s own, Grammy Award Winning Recording Artist Killer Mike, Nas and Mobb Deep’s Prodigy.

Music Produced By Arkatech Beatz

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The Making Of Waka Flocka’s – Power Of My Pen – Prod By Arkatech Beatz

The Making Of “Power Of My Pen” Prod By Arkatech Beatz from Urban Format Films on Vimeo.

Platinum Producers Arkatech Beatz give you a behind the scenes look of the making of the beat for Waka Flocka’s “Power Of My Pen” Prod By Arkatech Beatz. For more beats like this one go to http://www.arkatechbeatz.com and follow us on twitter @arkatechbeatz

Waka Flocka Flame’s # 1 Rap album “Triple F Life” is in stores and available at iTunes

 

Lease Beats vs Exclusive Beats

Lease Beats Vs Exclusive BeatsA lot of folks have been hitting me up about leasing and purchasing exclusive beats, trying to figure out what would be best for them, I always answer, well of course it depends on your current situation and what you are trying to do. Now before I get into it, let me give you a quick and very basic definition of both so you can have a general understanding. Read More

The Mixtape Game

As of late there has been an increase of mixtapes being put out by artist. It seems like everyone and their grandmother is dropping one every other week. But you know what? It has become a necessary promotional tool to create, maintain or increase ones buzz. Not only are local unsigned artist doing it, but more major platinum selling artist are jumping on board utilizing this tool.  Read More

Hip-Hop Executives Disappearing

So I got wind of a rumor that a high positioned executive at a record label may or may not get fired along with other major executives…and the first thing I thought was, who will replace them? You see towards the end of the year a lot of major record labels start to evaluate their staff and performance, especially due to the current decline of sales. Unfortunately this usually leads to mass company lay offs of not just regular staff employees, but big shot executive positions as well. In the last few years it seemed like some of the major executives that we’ve known to steer Hip Hop music has been shuffled from label to label or even shuffled out of the game. The worst part is…where are the new execs to take their place? Read More

Protect Your Music – Copyright Basics

When you’re in the music industry grind like we are, you have to be on top of your business.  When you hear people complaining about bad deals, not being paid or even music being stolen, the primary culprit is simply bad business.  Either people are ignorant to the process or they simply didn’t take the right steps to protect themselves from the people who prey on ignorance in the music business.

Copyrighting your music can be one of the easiest ways to make sure your music is protected. It helps provide leverage if there is a dispute over ownership. Read More

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